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Children's LiteratureThis is a detailed book, chock-full of historical and architectural information about the grand old Grand Central Terminal, a landmark preserved and brought up to date due to the efforts of The Committee to Save Grand Central. The members of The Committee included Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lent her prestige and energy to the group. Another well-known American, Cornelius Vanderbilt, had the original terminal built in 1871 at what was then the edge of the city. New York grew and prospered and eventually the location was centrally situated. Vanderbilt wanted the station, which took ten years to build, to be a palace; now the terminal, after a restoration also taking ten years, is magnificent. The celestial ceiling is perhaps the best-known feature of the terminal. Hundreds of thousands of people pass through the building each day, traveling and visiting the shops and restaurants. The author urges visitors to "Gaze in awe at the main facade, crowned by sculpture and pierced by triumphal arches." This book may be daunting to the younger readers, but those with an interest in architecture, engineering and rail travel will be captivated. There are amusing anecdotes, many illustrations, a timeline and glossary. 2003, Mondo Publishing, Ages 8 up.
— Carolyn Mott Ford